Sinéad Flavin, NTA Smarter Travel Workplaces
As part of the Smart Dublin initiative, the 4 Dublin local authorities and Enterprise Ireland recently launched the €100k Small Business Innovation Research Challenge (SBIR) . In line with a push towards a healthier, more liveable city, Dublin is seeking smart, innovative and low cost solutions to increase the number of people cycling in Dublin. See details and how to apply from Smart Dublin
Dublin Cycling Campaign is one of many cycle advocacy groups making up the Irish Cycling Advocacy Network, Cyclist.ie. This Saturday 12th March these groups are coming together for the first all island meeting of 2016. There will be representatives from all 4 corners of our island. For cycling advocates there are many interesting topics on the table, including:
Dublin Cycling Campaign have been working assiduously over the past year and more to agree a major RESPECT campaign for all road users with Dublin City Council. This initiative aims to improve road users behaviour to each other, to be more respectful, and to recognise the ‘duty of care’ that we all have to each other. It focusses on the behaviour of pedestrians, cyclists and vehicle drivers emphasising the interdependency between us all.
Jamie Cudden, Dublin Smart Cities coordinator will give a presentation on the launch of a joint initiative with Enterprise Ireland, to fund small business entrepeneurs to come up with technological ideas to help cycling grow in Dublin.
Back in December, just days before the historic COP21 Paris Agreement, Dublin Cycling Campaign and Cyclist.ie attended a forum hosted by the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) to explore the Opportunities and Challenges for Climate Mitigation in the Irish Transport Sector.
With the general election just around the corner, cyclists have set out their political demands!
Our vision is for everyday cycling to be normal part of life for all ages and abilities (the ‘8 to 80’ cohort as it is sometimes put) – very similar to the ways it is in many northern European countries. Remember also that #COP21 is a game changer – we need radical reductions in CO2 emissions from the Irish transport sector!
As the COP21 continued, ECF & WCA’s Transport Initiative Cycling Delivers on the Global Goals was presented by Secretary-General Bernhard Ensink at the booth of the next EU Presidency country: The Netherlands. The Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and Environment, Sharon Dijksma, joined the event and replied to the presented transport initiatives.
On Sunday 29 November, we took part in the People’s Climate March in Dublin which was organised by Stop Climate Chaos. This was just before the UN’s COP21 conference in Paris, which for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aims to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.
The DRAFT Dublin City Development Plan 2016-22 is out for public consultation right now, giving each and every one of you the chance to have an input into the future of your City. The closing date for submissions is this coming Friday 11th December – check out http://dublincitydevelopmentplan.ie/ This plan will shape the future of our capital city for at least the next 7 years and beyond!